Tag Archives: James Castle & Sons

James Castle & Sons Art Metal Workers/Gould’s Book Arcade – Newtown, NSW

Gould's Book Arcade, 2012

There’s not much that can be said about Gould’s Book Arcade that isn’t already well known. The labyrinth of old, dusty books has become a Sydney institution, and a perfect fit for the suburb of Newtown. In the building’s first life, however, it was James Castle & Sons Art Metal Workers, who apparently specialised in creating furniture and pulpits for churches and synagogues at the turn of the 20th century.

32 King Street, 1988. Image by Robert Parkinson.

Looking back nearly 25 years, the building seems to have hardly changed at all. Gould’s appears to have moved to its current location from Leichhardt in either 1988 or 1989, but prior to that it was located on the corner of George and Bathurst Streets in Sydney.

Gould's Book Arcade, George Street, circa 1983.